The Pit

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I want to take a moment to tell you all about some music I love.  I am a devotee of movie soundtracks.  I am particularly fond of two movie scores by Eliot Goldenthal.

Alien 3 (which I've been thinking about lately because of this)



and

Titus



Amazing scores.  Do stick with Titus after the famous bit at the start.  The rest of the score is equally good.

I also adore George Fenton's music for Mary Reilly.



I'm using these scores (on a loop) along with some others (Hans Zimmer's music for The Dark Knight Rises and Nicholas Hooper's gorgeous score for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



) while trying to write a fiction project I've currently got on the boil.  I really don't know why I'm telling you this, except that I like to share nice things.

By the way, the films I've mentioned are all particular favourites of mine (apart from The Dark Knight Rises, which is a bloated, pompous, incoherent fascist nightmare of a movie).  Yes, I like Alien 3 and Mary Reilly.  In fact, I love them.  And Half Blood Prince is a genuinely good movie (god knows how they managed to make a genuinely good movie out of a such a wretched novel).

My fiction project is basically a 'serious' reworking of a comic strip called Planet of the Hedgehogs that I wrote - and drew! - between the ages of 9 and 11.

I am about to have a baked potato.

I'm reading a book called Shades of Grey that was recently sent to me as a gift by the lovely Lucy McGough.  No, not 50 Shades of Grey, just Shades of Grey.  So far, it's fun.

Pardon this silly post but I'm clambering out of a bit of a pit at the moment, and this is a way of saying "hello again world".  Bye.

Oh, and R.I.P. (Rest in Perversity) H.R. Giger.

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Anonymous 3 years, 3 months ago

And Half Blood Prince is a genuinely good movie (god knows how they managed to make a genuinely good movie out of a such a wretched novel).

You've got this the wrong way around, for sure.

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Lucy McGough 3 years, 3 months ago

Hooray! :-)

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Matthew Celestis 3 years, 3 months ago

When I saw the title I thought you had reviewed Neil Penswick's New Adventure novel.

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Jacob Nanfito 3 years, 3 months ago

Hello Jack!

I will choose to believe that Lucy sent you "50 Shades of Gray."

Thanks for the music. Now back to your pit!

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Jack Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

Hello Jacob - congrats again on your B.A.!

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Jack Graham 3 years, 3 months ago

Wait until I'm a bit more desperate.

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JJ Gauthier 3 years, 3 months ago

Alien 3 is an odd score. I mean, Elliot Goldenthal scores are generally fascinatingly odd, but that one particularly so. After Jerry Goldsmith's alternately hauntingly lovely and viscerally frightening Alien and James Horner's memorably brutal Aliens, Goldenthal's sad, religious, deeply intelligent score seems to come out of nowhere. The horror side is even more challenging than the others', but it's remarkably layered. Goldsmith and Horner are both capable of that sort of complexity, but they approached the series in fairly straightforward (albeit very effective) ways.

That doesn't make Goldenthal's easy to listen to -- I, at least, really have to be in the mood for something that difficult -- but while it's not as easily enjoyable as the previous scores (or Brian Tyler's wildly overachieving AvP Requiem), it's certainly the most interesting.

Anyway, nice to see Goldenthal's called out. It kind of gets forgotten given the overall dismissal of the that entry. (A dismissal I'd agree with, though I've at least come around to see the qualities its fans praise.)

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